Shelley A. Leedahl
   
 
Shelley A. Leedahl was born in Kyle, Saskatchewan, in 1963. She writes novels, poetry and children’s literature as well as short stories, and frequently conducts author visits in schools and libraries across the country. She lives Middle Lake, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta.

 

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poetry

80 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-22-4
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Shelley A. Leedahl


From one of Canada's most talented authors comes a long-awaited second collection of poetry with something in it for everyone. Shelley A. Leedahl brings her deft craft with language, ear for the nuances of tone and careful observations of the everyday to a superb new collection of highly accessible poems.

Talking Down the Northern Lights delves into the intricacies of childhood and the complexities of family, marriage and contemporary life. Whether Leedahl is writing about the squeak of runners on the gymnasium floor or the thin noise of ice, strawberry daiquiris or wet tents drying, pregnancy tests or the new sheets from Zellers, readers are guaranteed a lyrical and entertaining ride.

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poetry

64 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-895449-69-3
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Shelley A. Leedahl


"Leedahl's book may be the first I've read over the past year which I would confidently recommend for even the most avid poetry hater: the language and structure of these poems make them very easy to read...A Few Words for January could act as a handbook for what it's like to be from Saskatchewan." - Edmonton Journal.

 "Shelley Leedahl is the quintessential writer for the '90s." - Saskatoon Star Phoenix

This poetry collection will guarantee an enthusiastic student response — highly readable and relevant to all issues involving individuality and the study of Family issues.

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short fiction

168 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-67-5
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Shelley A. Leedahl


The thirteen stories in Orchestra of the Lost Steps are imbued with insight, and secured by Leedahl’s composed voice. These are traditional stories that burst with stunning emotional moments; stories that avoid ornament and excessive description or dialogue in order to allow readers a real connection to her characters’ lives.

Set widely across Canadian landscapes with travel into Mexico and Venezuela, her characters reveal glimpses of love, marriage, disillusionment, acts of healing and destruction played out on the personal battlegrounds of everyday life.
Shelley Leedahl is to the prairies what Lisa Moore is to Atlantic Canada.

“These stories are told from the point of view of an interesting range of voices. The stories themselves are full of the tensions and resolutions of lives often lived in the extreme . . . immensely readable and engaging.”
— Austin Clarke and Helen Humphreys (Judges, John V Hicks Manuscript Competition.)

“vigorous, economical, and precise prose, immediacy, fearlessness — qualities that combine to produce an unexpected and unusual sense of hyper-reality in Leedahl’s collection Orchestra of the Lost Steps. I found these stories gripping.” — Sharon Butala

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short fiction

120 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-895449-26-6
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Shelley A. Leedahl


Treat yourself to a collection of realistic short fictions that are unpretentious in craft, yet uncompromising in impact.

“Shelley Leedahl is the quintessential writer for the '90s.”
Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

 Reviews

Chung, Stan. Canadian Book Review Annual vol. 20: 3117.
Clemence, Verne. “A sense of place.” Western People . July 28, 1994. 2.
Clemence, Verne. “Gritty contemporary fiction based on real experiences.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . June 18, 1994. C17.
Denham, Paul. “Sex: Comedy or Tragedy?” NeWest Review (December 1994/January 1995): 26-7.
Gray, Nancy. Paragraph No. 15 (1995): 31-2.

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